It is Monday morning and I am at it early today because I am excited to show you my latest makeover!
The coffee helps, too 🙂
I spotted this piece for sale on Craigslist…oh how much do I love Craigslist???
I messaged right away because I knew this piece was so awesome…I had to act fast on this one!
The lady selling it was very kind and I headed out to pick it up that evening.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting. The picture on Craigslist was taken from a distance so it was hard to see exactly what I was getting into, but I decided to take a risk telling her I wanted to purchase it without asking any questions at all.
I figured I could always resell it as is if needed and get my money back.
When they opened that huge and gorgeous old barn door to reveal this amazing Empire dresser, I was more than pleased.
I couldn’t believe my luck!
I ended up purchasing it from an Amish family – the husband worked in some type of construction and he was cleaning out the home of a woman who had left it behind.
He hated to see it thrown away.
God bless his soul.
It breaks my heart when people see this older, antique pieces of furniture as trash and as useless.
How can one not see the beauty in them and how they are filled with such a richness of character?
I wish we could hear the stories of where they have been and what they had experienced…wouldn’t that be fascinating?
I hemmed and hawed a bit about the color – I went back and forth between Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Boxwood or Shutter Grey.
It was a tough call, but I decided to go with Shutter Grey.
It is a beautiful blue-grey milk paint…it was the perfect choice of color.
The wood was pretty much bare so I wasn’t worried too much about the milk paint chipping, but I did decide to add a bit of the bonding agent anyway.
Wouldn’t you know that milk paint chipped anyway?
Milk paint is unpredictable…and beautiful.
It chipped in all the right spots an it worked for the look I was going for.
I finished it up with distressing and sealed it all up in Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.
I love the curves on this piece…enough to make her so charming, but not too many as to turn off a prospective male buyer.
I think she is farmhouse fresh!
I am in serious love with her…
What do you think?
Isn’t she an amazing dresser?
I hope someone else thinks so too!
She is headed up to Fresh Vintage by Amy in Strasburg, Pennsylvania and will be available for purchase there.
Have a blessed Monday everyone!
I will be back tonight with features from last week’s Creative Inspirations Linky Party!